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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.

Dies Domini 31: The Risen Christ Inspires Community

Let’s begin a new stage in our journey with Pope John Paul II, his third chapter, “Dies Ecclesiae,” the Day of the Church. He describes the “Eucharistic Assembly” as residing in the “Heart of Sunday.” Is this too much of … Continue reading

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EG 148: Preaching With Balance and Perspective

A brief passage from Pope Francis today. The preacher doesn’t really get to choose a convenient perspective–whatever suits the mood. There is the specific passage. There is also the larger perspective of the entire Bible. There is also a valid … Continue reading

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Cosmos Looks At Lead

My wife and I caught the 7th episode of the Cosmos reboot tonight: how Clair Patterson, scientist from Iowa, dated the age of the Earth and campaigned against Big Business to eject lead from the modern environment. I thought the … Continue reading

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Hell and Remarriage: Whose Business?

Lots of internet damage control today on a piece of gossip: did Pope Francis tell a woman who “shouldn’t” be receiving the Eucharist that she could? The usual suspects weigh in. Plus lots of Catholic chicken littles thinking the sky is … Continue reading

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Saints To Be Made

MoDo, certainly not a saint for internet Catholic true believers, is bound to raise blood pressures and temperatures with her NYT smackdown of one blessed here. And this, particularly, will be hard for many to swallow: The Vatican had a hard … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 30: An Indispensable Day

John Paul II suggests protection. Such a defense of Sunday must involve an actively-lived and celebrated tradition. We’re not just defending tradition because of previous generations. They’re now dead–the ones who observed blue laws, and declined to work for their … Continue reading

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Prelates Pressured

The Catholic Press, at least its independent wing, continues to pressure bishops. Grant Gallicho continues the Commonweal hounding of American bishops of questionable administrative conduct. My sense if that Jeff Anderson is doing what any tenacious lawyer does to earn … Continue reading

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EG 147: Meaning Beyond The Details

In today’s section of Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis affirms modern Biblical scholarship, but urges a search for what the original author was attempting to communicate. It’s about something more than owrd meaning: 147. First of all, we need to be … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 29: The Day of Faith

Sunday is a “day of faith,” according to John Paul II. Note the distinctive qualities of Sunday Mass above liturgy celebrated on the other six days, he advises. 29. Given these different dimensions which set it apart, Sunday appears as … Continue reading

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Jubilation and Pink Slips

About two months ago I began keeping an eye on the Championship (a heck of a term for a league that is essentially minor, AAA, and supposedly inclusive of only the 21st through 44th-best football teams in England) and its … Continue reading

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EG 146: Reverence for Truth

Pope Francis, in this and the following two sections of Evangelii Gaudium, addresses the first of five preparation principles, the “Reverence for truth.” 146. The first step, after calling upon the Holy Spirit in prayer, is to give our entire attention … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 28: The Gift of the Spirit

An extension of yesterday’s Gospel would bring us to the Johannine “Pentecost” on Easter evening. Let’s not get into the tussle of which account is more “historical.” (Why couldn’t both be considered true, in the truest sense?) John Paul II cites Sunday … Continue reading

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Which Worship Aids?

I noticed that thread on PrayTell (where my friend Charles gave a good poke) about the option to “spiritually commune” with a liturgy of one’s (traditionalist) choice online. I have a few takes on this. First, it’s not a big … Continue reading

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Private Masses–Bleah!

A PrayTell discussion from last week got bogged down in the permissibility of so-called private Masses. Rita Ferrone offered a dose of sanity: These discussions tire me, honestly. We have such a priest shortage that communities all over the world … Continue reading

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EG 145: Preparing To Preach

Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium offers some guidance as one prepares to preach. 145. Preparation for preaching is so important a task that a prolonged time of study, prayer, reflection and pastoral creativity should be devoted to it. Those first three … Continue reading

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